Bee and Wasp Stings Glossary of Terms

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Acetaminophen: A nonaspirin pain reliever or analgesic. Acetaminophen may be given alone t...

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Adrenaline: A stress hormone produced within the adrenal gland that quickens the heart bea...

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Airway: The path that air follows to get into and out of the lungs. The mouth and nose are...

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Allergic reaction: The hypersensitive response of the immune system of an allergic indiv...

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Allergy: A misguided reaction to foreign substances by the immune system, the body system ...

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Anaphylaxis: Allergic reaction. In severe cases, this can include potentially deadly anap...

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Antibiotic: A drug used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms. ...

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Antihistamines: Drugs that combat the histamine released during an allergic reaction by bl...

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Anxiety: A feeling of apprehension and fear, characterized by physical symptoms such as pa...

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Asthma: A common lung disorder in which inflammation causes the bronchi to swell and narro...

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Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Blood pressure: The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is...

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Board certified: In medicine, a description for a physician who has taken and passed a med...

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Breathing: The process of respiration, during which air is inhaled into the lungs through ...

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Bumps: The raised area of a bump or bruise results from blood leaking from these injured b...

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CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US agency charged with tracking a...

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Chest: The area of the body located between the neck and the abdomen. The chest contains t...

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Chest pain: Pain in the chest that can be a result of many things, including angina, heart...

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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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Epinephrine: A substance produced by the medulla (inside) of the adrenal gland. The name e...

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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 degr...

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Hives: A raised, itchy area of skin that may be a sign of an allergic reaction. It can be ...

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Ibuprofen: A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is commonly used to treat pa...

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Immune: Protected against infection, usually by the presence of antibodies.

Immunization: Vaccination. Immunizations work by stimulating the immune system, the natur...

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Immunology: The study of all aspects of the immune system, including its structure and fun...

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Immunotherapy: Treatment to stimulate or restore the ability of the immune (defense) syst...

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Injury: Harm or hurt. To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emot...

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Insect sting: A sting from a stinging insect, such as a bee, hornet, yellow jacket, or was...

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Intensive care: See critical care.

Itching: An uncomfortable sensation in the skin that feels as if something is crawling on ...

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Kidney: One of a pair of organs located in the right and left side of the abdomen. The kid...

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Low blood pressure: Any blood pressure that is below the normal expected for an individua...

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Lungs: The lungs are a pair of breathing organs located with the chest which remove carbon...

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Medic Alert: Originally,a bracelet that a person could wear to warn medical professionals ...

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Mouth: 1. The upper opening of the digestive tract, beginning with the lips and con...

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Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

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Nausea: Stomach queasiness, the urge to vomit. Nausea can be brought on by many causes, in...

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Obstruction: Blockage of a passageway. See, for example: Airway obstruction; Intestinal o...

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Ointment: An oil-based preparation that is applied to the skin. Whereas an ointment has an...

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Ophthalmologist: A physician who practices ophthalmology.

Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Pediatrics: The field of medicine that is concerned with the health of infants, children, ...

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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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Poison: Any substance that can cause severe organ damage or death if ingested, breathed in...

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Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Pulse: The rhythmic dilation of an artery that results from beating of the heart. Pulse is...

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Pus: A thick, whitish-yellow fluid that results from the accumulation of white blood cells...

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Rash: Breaking out (eruption) of the skin. A rash can be caused by an underlying medical c...

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Referral: The recommendation of a medical or paramedical professional. If you get a refer...

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Sensitivity: 1. In psychology, the quality of being sensitive. As, for example, sen...

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Shock: In medicine, a critical condition that is brought on by a sudden drop in blood flow...

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Shortness of breath: Difficulty in breathing. Medically referred to as dyspnea. Shortness ...

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Steroid: One of a large group of chemical substances classified by a specific carbon struc...

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Systemic: Affecting the entire body. A systemic disease such as diabetes can affect the wh...

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Tetanus: An often fatal infectious disease that is caused by the bacterium Clostridium tet...

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Throat: The throat is the anterior (front) portion of the neck beginning at the back of th...

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Trachea: A tube-like portion of the respiratory tract that connects the larynx with the br...

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Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

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Urine: Liquid waste produced by the kidneys. Urine is a clear, transparent fluid that norm...

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Venom: A poison, particularly one secreted by an animal. Examples are bee venom, snake ven...

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Venomous: 1. Full of venom. 2. Having venom, like some snakes and insects. ...

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Vital: Necessary to maintain life. For example, breathing is a vital function.

Wheezing: A whistling noise in the chest during breathing. Wheezing occurs when the airway...

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Yellow jacket sting: A sting from a yellow jacket (or other large stinging insects such as...

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